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765 Update – 7/16/2017

By July 19, 2017Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker.


Friday, John and I worked on cleaning the locomotive and have nearly all the heavy outside cleaning work has been done. John added a ring of packing to the hot water pump.  The packing nut had been tightened all the way up in Chicago meaning the stuffing box needed more stuffing, so John stuffed it.  All should be well now. The Miller’s worked on cleaning out drains on the SD9.

Saturday, meeting day for many including me but due to a good crew of workers, Carl, Rob and Troy the engine cleaning progressed and is nearing completion, though there is always one more spot. Rob added packing to the water glasses, we will see if we can get to 0 leakage around the packing nuts. We also got most of the ash out of the firebox, though there is a bit more cleaning to do.


Next week is going to be devoted to cleaning up the property and getting it ready for the Open House.  Friday through much of the week is planned.  Several loads of stone are scheduled.  Grass needs mowed, shrubs need cleared and general sorting and cleaning.  Perhaps Joe will get some additional wiring done.

Additional Items of scheduling interest

Due to approval issues the St. Louis trips have been postponed until Spring.  This makes the smooth operation of the Cuyahoga Valley trips, Open House, Pumpkin and Santa Trains a high priority.  The Cuyahoga trips will have an expanded format with Friday and Monday events on the schedule. Folks will be needed to assist in preparation for and help during these events. Dates should be available on the web site. A markup sheet should be going out soon for the open house and the Steam in the Valley events.


Compressed air is a very useful thing however it can be dangerous and must be used in a safe manner. Here are some tips when using compressed air ….

·      Route all air hoses such that it is not a trip hazard or subject to damage by trucks, doors, and dropped tools.

·      Prevent sharp objects from rubbing against the hose. Be especially careful if the hose gets wedged in a corner or hung around a machine. Always go to the point where the hose is stuck and guide it. Don’t pull on the hose trying to free it.

·      Prior to use, ensure the quick-connect is properly seated and there is no apparent damage to the hose or fittings. Weak points may swell like a balloon and burst, throwing pieces of hose in every direction. This will also cause the hose to thrash about dangerously.

·       Always coil the hose, without kinks, and hang it over a broad support if the hose is not attached to a reel.

·      Never hang an air hose over a hook, nail, or angle iron, when not in use.

When using compressed air to blow dust and debris…

·      Ensure you are wearing the proper PPE such as safety glasses, goggles and/or a face shield to protect your face and eyes. Air with more than 30 psi can blow an eye from its socket, and/or rupture an eardrum.

·      Never aim the hose at yourself or someone else.

·      Never use compressed air to clean off your body. Air pressure against the skin may penetrate deeply to cause internal hemorrhage or worse with intense pain.

Like many tools and other resources when used properly they are very helpful but is used improperly they can cause significant injuries.